Manhunt: Hunting Britain’s Most Wanted Murderer by Peter Bleksley
In the early hours of 19 June 2004, 16-year-old Liam Kelly was lured to a location in Liverpool and shot dead. The following year, another Liverpudlian, 22-year-old mother of three, Lucy Hargreaves, was shot dead in her own home. Her partner and their 2-year-old daughter escaped after the house was set alight by leaping from a first-floor bedroom window .
For more than fifteen years, six-foot six-inch, broadly built, ginger-haired Kevin Parle has been wanted by the police for both murders. How could he have evaded national and international crime investigators for so long? Who is harbouring him?
Author and former Scotland Yard detective and undercover cop, Peter Bleksley, is determined to find the answers. He has immersed himself again in the world of serious and organised crime, this time armed only with a pen, a notebook and a mobile phone. He has vowed not to rest until Parle is found.
This gripping story goes behind the scenes of the hit BBC Sounds podcast, “Manhunt: Finding Kevin Parle”.
My thoughts: I found this to be a good true crime book and I was just in the mood for one. It would normally have been a quick read for me, but I’ve not been getting much sleep at all, and found myself reading parts over a lot. The puppy’s barking doesn’t help much either at times, as he’s looking out the window. But it’s a good story, following the based in Britain author as he hunts around the world for a double murderer. No longer as a cop but as a journalist, he’s squeezing his sources to try and get any line on this long-running fugitive/ killer. For true crime fans who enjoy British fugitive stories. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Peter Bleksley, and publisher Ad Lib.
Publisher: Ad Lib Publishers – 218 pages
Publication: Sep 3rd, 2020
My rating: 4/5 STARS
• About the Author- Peter Bleksley joined the Metropolitan Police in 1978. While serving as a detective at Kensington and Chelsea, he began to develop a skill for undercover work and went on to become a founding member of SO10, Scotland Yard's most secretive undercover squad. Since leaving the Police Force he has become a renowned policing and crime expert and written a memoir, The Gangbuster, as well as scripts for radio and television. He has also acted as a consultant on numerous television dramas and documentaries. He can now be seen on television as The Chief on Channel 4's Hunted.